Mint Mocha Brownies


We don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

I usually forget to wear green.

I’ve never had a green beer.

I don’t own flashing shamrock earrings or necklaces or pins.

But I did have a teacher in high school that went all out for St. Patrick’s Day. She was fun. She taught my Humanities and History classes, and she was a blast! She was most definitely 100% Irish and proud of it, and she made sure to dress the part every time the holiday rolled around – which included her flashing shamrock earrings and pins and usually involved some sort of jig around the classroom to welcome us in.


So maybe I don’t celebrate the holiday like others do.

But if it’s a reason to make something with mint and chocolate just because it means using a green ingredient?

I am in.


I’ve been hoarding the last of a bag of mint & semi-sweet chocolate chips for months, waiting for the right recipe to pop into my head.

I’m happy it happened sooner rather than later, because these chips are from the holidays and I’m not sure how long these things last in the pantry.


And while Nick said I made these more for me than for him (I’m the mint + chocolate lover in this household), he had no complaints when he tried them Saturday afternoon.

What’s not to love?

Rich chocolate. Depth from the espresso. Studded with semi-sweet and mint chips. Dense and fudgy.

I bet they’d even be great with a green beer. But they’d be even better with an Irish Coffee.


Mint Mocha Brownies

  • 3 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp instant espresso
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet and mint chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×8 baking pan.

Melt chocolate in double boiler or in microwave. Set aside to cool.

Beat sugar and butter until blended.

Add eggs; beat until light and fluffy.

Add in melted chocolate, espresso powder, and vanilla. Mix until well blended.

Stir in the flour and chips.

Spread batter into baking pan.

Bake 25-27 minutes or until just set in the center.

Let cool 10-20 minutes before cutting.


  1. I love anything chocolate and mint. These look awesome!!

  2. Haha. I’m not much of a St. Patrick’s Day person either. When you started talking about it at the beginning of the post, I got worried that today was the day. Nope…I’m pretty sure that’s tomorrow. ;-)

  3. Glad to know I’m not the only one who likes to hoard seasonal items and then is very selective on how they get used. I love St.Patrick’s day, always have. I went to my 1st concert ever on St.Patty’s day back in 1983, I was in the 3rd grade. It was Hall and Oates and although I remember having a great time and thinking how dreamy Daryl Hall was……I fell asleep! Now that I’m grown and have a family of my own, I have even more reason to celebrate St.Patty’s Day. It’s my 1st born son’s birthday and tomorrow he’ll be turning double digits!!

    Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be sure to try these.

  4. We don’t really celebrate either…but I’m always all for themed food :) Those dark & mint chips rock. I wish they were available year round (them and cinnamon chips). These are perfect for St. Patty’s day!

  5. I think you’d look pretty cute in flashing shamrock earrings :D

  6. I’m not really into St. Patty’s Day but my boyfriend is Irish so he’s big into it! I haven’t decided what treat I’m going to make him but these brownies just moved to my list of possibilities! You can’t go wrong with espresso, chocolate, and mint!

  7. Yay for all things mint a chocolate–it’s definitely one of my fav combos & your brownies look great!

  8. These look phenomenal.

  9. I feel the same way about St. Patty’s Day. Was more of an excuse to get drunk in college. Now, not so much. haha!

    Btw, I’m hosting a coconut oil giveaway on my blog, today through Sunday! Thought you/your readers might like to enter for a chance to win!

  10. The only time I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was using it as an excuse to drink all day :) Now, nope!

    But these brownies may bring out the inner leprechaun in me!

  11. My husband’s the mint chocolate brownie lover in our house. His mom would always make brownies with a later of mint icing on top. I like that these have mint chips thoughout. So pretty too!

  12. I’m going to do the same thing to redeem myself for not having anything green to wear tomorrow- I’m going to bake for St. Patty’s day. Then maybe I wont get pinched. :P

  13. I have those chips as well and admittedly, haven’t used them for very much. These sound like a delicious twist on brownies! I will admit until I moved to Chicago St. Paddy’s day was never a big deal, but now I find myself more and more excited to celebrate it.

  14. Brownies are one of my absolute favorite desserts and I wish I had a dozen of your brownies right now! Mint and chocolate is such an amazing combination, yum. :)

  15. ooh, yes, with an irish coffee please :)

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